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Colebrooke–Cameron Commission

The Colebrooke–Cameron Commission was a Royal Commission of Eastern Inquiry sent by the British Colonial Office in 1829 to assess the administration of the island of Ceylon and to make recommendations for administrative, financial, economic, and judicial reform. The official name of the commission was Commission to Examine and Report upon the Present State of the Laws, Regulations and Usages in the Settlements of the Cape of Good Hope and the Island of Mauritius and Ceylon. The commission comprised W. M. G. Colebrooke and Charles Hay Cameron. The legal and economic proposals made by the commission in 1833 were innovative and radical. Many of the proposals were adopted. They signified for Ceylon the first manifestation of constitutional government, the first steps toward modernizing the traditional economic system, and the beginnings of a uniform system of justice, education, and civil administration.


  • Establishment of an Executive Council and Legislative Council [1]
  • The amalgamation of the Kandyan and Maritime provinces and their administration as a single unit of government by the Governor in Council.[2]
  • The admission of Ceylonese into the Ceylon Civil Service.
  • The abolition of 'rajakariya' – compulsory personal service in the Kandyan provinces.
  • A commission to manage education should be appointed
  • A principal public school on the British model should be established for English education and teacher training.[3]


See also


  1. ^ Evolution of the Parliamentary System
  2. ^ Looking into the administration
  3. ^ Ministry of Education
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